I make my living by creating sound.I have perfect pitch. As a musician, I have to produce sounds that express thoughts and feelings and try to give the audience a particular experience. This process means that I’m always evaluating the sounds that I’m creating as well as the ones I’m listening to.
If I’m orchestrating a piece of music, it has to do with how the sound colors fit together. If I’m creating a sound it has to do with the effect on the listener’s senses.
It’s important to be in a quality listening environment to be able to listen effectively.If you are in a noisy room, or there are many distractions, it just means that you might not be hearing all the elements clearly to listen at the highest level. If I’m listening to a person talk and I really want to internalize and be responsive to what they are saying, the environment needs to be positive—few distractions and low background noise level are very helpful.
Learning how to quiet the mind is a good start for listening. It takes focus and patience.Coming out of your self-ego is also important to be able to give value to what is around you. I would encourage a person to pay close attention to the sound and give it extra attention.
Practice sitting still or listening to an orchestral piece of music from start to finish on a good sound system. Try to hear the different instruments. Next time you are in a restaurant, close your eyes and just listen to the sounds around you. Try to focus in on the different conversations and sounds around you. Play a musical instrument and focus on the sound it is making. Is it pleasant? How does it affect your senses?
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